“Hello, Rain” is an array of radiant inks that seek to recreate the atmospheric colorscape of a rainy day in the Philippines.
Overcast Blue [Badya 1865] - This color is inspired by the country’s National Meteorological and Hydrological Services Agency. It has a longer official name but is usually referred to by its acronym, PAGASA, which also means ‘hope’ in Tagalog. The agency’s history can be traced all the way back to 1865 when it began under the Observatorio Meteorologico de Manila, now the present-day Manila Observatory.
*This ink has a stunning teal-blue base, overlaid with a fine curtain of gorgeous gold shimmer.
Burnt Sugar [Arnibal 1856] - This ink pays homage to the sugar syrup or Arnibal commonly used in ‘Taho’, a delectable soy drink that is a classic staple among Filipino street snacks. On cold, rainy afternoons in particular, Taho is the perfect snack to warm yourself up with. Sugarcane farming in the Philippines predates the Spanish colonial period but it was first industrialized in 1856.
*This ink has an enticing dark brown base, topped with a delicious amount of gold shimmer.
Rainshower [Amihan 1901] - This color is a nod to the reorganization of the Manila Observatory during the American colonial period. It was formally named ‘The Weather Bureau’ in the year 1901 and placed under the Department of Interior. Now present-day PAGASA, it is responsible for predicting typhoons and floods, as well as providing public weather forecasts and other advisories.
*This ink has a crystal clear aqua-blue base, smattered on top with a shower of light gold shimmer.
When It Rains [Tuwing Umuulan 1980] - This a tribute to the hit love song “Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka”. Celebrated for its timeless sound and lyrics, this song conveys the sheer joy of being with your loved one on a rainy day. This song was originally recorded in 1980 by Basil Valdez and composed by Ryan Cayabyab who is regarded as one of the pillars and icons of Original Pilipino Music (OPM).
*This romantic ink has a romantic dark pink base with a fine layer of light gold shimmer on top.
Marbles [Holen 1946] - This color is inspired by the introduction of marble games or ‘holen’ during the American colonial period. The game was instantly popular and took off well among Filipino children as it could be easily played, rain or shine. The year 1946 marks the end of American occupation in the Philippines.
*This ink has a moody blue-grey base with a sprinkling of bright, metallic blue shimmer.